'Yes Jesus!' Nick Wallenda Conquers Grand Canyon

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Daring aerialist Nick Wallenda completed an historic 1,500-high tightrope walk across the Grand Canyon in just 22 minutes Sunday. He's the first person to cross the canyon, and he did so without a tether or safety net.

The 34-year-old is a seventh-generation high-wire artist, part of the famous "Flying Wallendas" circus family, a clan that is no stranger to death-defying feats.

In the 1970s, his great grandfather, Karl, fell to his death during a performance in Puerto Rico. Several other family members, including a cousin and an uncle, have perished while performing wire-walking stunts.

In an interview on CBN's "The 700 Club," Wallenda said he doesn't see his feats as that risky.

"I don't see what I do as more dangerous than a police officer," he said. "What I do is extremely calculated. I don't think God holds me on the wire as I'm walking across, but God's given me a unique talent and it's up to me to train properly for that."

As a devout Christian, Wallenda sees his talent and desire to perform as a gift from God.

Watch the full interview below:

"There's no doubt in my mind that God has laid these desires on my heart to carry on this family industry. I think God has given me a very unique talent, and I can use that to bring glory to his name," he said.

And he said he does it all for a higher purpose.

"It's important to me that every time I do any of these big events, I get in a circle and pray for my family and I always say, 'Give God the glory, let God get the glory, let God get the glory out of what I'm doing,'" Wallenda explained.

"That's very important to me -- that people…don't praise Nick, but they praise God for these amazing adventures. And I think that a part of showcasing like the Grand Canyon for me, myself, is hard to deny that there is a God when you see the Grand Canyon -- that's my heart and that's why I like to show these amazing places off around the world," he said.

Wallenda said his next stunt will be a tightrope walk between the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building in New York.

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Charlene Aaron

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